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  • Shadows of the Workhouse

  • The Drama of Life in Postwar London
  • By: Jennifer Worth
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (140 ratings)

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Summary

A fascinating slice of East End life, from the number one best-selling author of Call the Midwife, now a major BBC TV series.

In this follow up to Call the Midwife, Jennifer Worth, a midwife working in the docklands area of East London in the 1950s, tells more stories about the people she encountered. 

There's Jane, who cleaned and generally helped out at Nonnatus House - she was taken to the workhouse as a baby and was allegedly the illegitimate daughter of an aristocrat. Peggy and Frank's parents both died within six months of each other, and the children were left destitute. At the time, there was no other option for them but the workhouse. 

The Reverend Thornton-Appleby-Thorton, a missionary in Africa, visits the Nonnatus nuns, and Sister Julienne acts as matchmaker. And Sister Monica Joan, the eccentric 90-year-old nun, is accused of shoplifting some small items from the local market. She is let off with a warning, but then Jennifer finds stolen jewels from Hatton Garden in the nun's room. These stories give a fascinating insight into the resilience and spirit that enabled ordinary people to overcome their difficulties.

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©2008 Jennifer Worth (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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Brilliant but at times tough

I'm not even finished it yet and whilst it is really good, Janes' story was really tough to listen to.

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Mesmerising

Loved it. Have listened over and over again. Great narrator can’t wait to get next one

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Good book

really enjoyed it, narrator was excellent and it was the first time using audio

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Excellent

Really enjoyed listening to this. I could not wait for the next chapter to begin.

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Not as good as the first book

I loved the first book and found the second a little underwhelming but Juliet Stevenson's narration was fantastic.

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Great story

Brilliant narration.. Hard listening at times but truth and facts from old days. Each character bought to life wonderfully.. Reccomend

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Fantastic

Brilliant reading of Jennifer Worth's book without falling into the trap of trying to imitate Call the Midwife. I highly recommend

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Factual, fascinating and humbling.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The narration was excellent and really made the book come to life. The historical detail was very interesting and also very sad to listen to at times. But even though these families lived in desperate poverty, they were grateful for what they had. The author gave detailed accounts of the different characters and Juliet Stevenson, the narrator did a wonderful job of portraying them. I was particularly touched by Part 3 and the story of Mr Collitt. I would definitely recommend this book.

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A delight

Fans of Call the Midwife may enjoy this… it’s about people that she met while working in Poplar… quite sad but also heartwarming…and a brilliant piece of social history… just life…as it was…

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Fantastic

I’m so delighted these true events have been put into book and TV
You won’t be disappointed .

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